How To Monitor Your CPU Temperature


I recently bought my nephew’s desktop computer with the following specs:

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2300 CPU @ 2.80GHz
  • Mainboard Model: ASUS P8H67-M PRO
  • BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. version 1104
  • AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (Build 17134)

A couple days ago I turned it on and it gave a CPU fan error. Ever since, I’ve been using SpeedFan to monitor the temperatures. My CPU temperature is constantly up in the 88-90C (198.4F – 194 F) range even when I’m not doing anything. And the CPU Fan speed is listed at 645 RPM.

SpeedFan

According to SpeedFan I don’t have any other fans running, but there are two case fans running all the time: one on the back, and one on top.

Here are all the temperatures listed by SpeedFan at the time of this writing:

speedfan-cpu-temperature-info

Speccy

So online I went to see what would be the best course of action. It seemed that I might need to replace the CPU fan, but I decided to to try a different program called Speccy.


A second opinion wouldn’t hurt. When I ran this one, the temperature was a lot lower at only 35C (95 F).

speccy-cpu-temperature-info

HWiNFO

Online forums suggested another program called HWiNFO and it confirmed the temperature of my CPU at around the 37C (98.6 F) mark, so I think SpeedFan is giving me faulty information.

hwinfo64-cpu-temperature-info

I’m relaxing a little bit more now and I’m convinced my computer isn’t going into a complete meltdown.

Recommendations

So, my recommendations are:


About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.

4 Comments

  1. Totally agree with you Terry, that Speccy and HWiNFO are better programs to trust when it comes to getting your hardware information. Have used and trust them both. I too required another source when I received troubled information from AMD software, go figure, Mindblower!

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